The idea of science being settled about anything is a bit of an oxymoron but never mind - that is what we have come to expect where climate change is concerned. William Thompson forwarded a piece from The Boston Globe by Jeff Jacoby (Dec 4th, 2013) which said that back in 2006, at the time Al Gore was doomsaying heavily with his 'An Inconvenient Truth' he started a file with the label 'What Climate Consensus' - and has continued to place various bits and pieces within that file.
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For those wondering what all those electromagnetic and cosmic ray showers were doing Tim Cullen has the answer in his latest post - he says they verify the Svensmark and Calder hypothesis. Go to http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/svensmark-singfs-synchronicity/ ... and the same post is reblogged at http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/tim-cullen-svensmark-vindicate...
A comment at 12.28pm on www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/12/2/green-fairies.html ... has the immortal line, '25 years ago Greens were chaining themselves to trees - now they are burning them. You couldn't make it up ....' and the reference of course is to the revamped Drax power station. It has converted from fossil trees (coal) to wood chips (live trees). The origin of the trees is in North Carolina, and no doubt somebody is making a few bob - but these are trees, real live carbon saving trees.
Are the politicos getting cold toes and hopping around on one leg - which way to put the foot down, backwards or forwards. This comes a day before the German coalition have come up with the idea of charging renewable companies the cost of supplying fossil fuel back-up for their windmills and solar panels - sure to bring a halt to new developments. At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/11/23/a-very-slow-motion-car-crash.html ... this is something to behold, a scientist not on the gravy train speaking to their lordships (or some of them). He likens the present energy policy to ...
At http://phys.org/print303571573.html ... latest update on plasma fusion - Chinese, American, French. Where are the British? Stuck up a windmill.
How much are we really paying in our electricity and gas bills for renewable subsidies. Go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/11/14/cost-concealment.html and get a flavour of the hoodwinking going on - all connived at by the politicos in league with enviros and media plonks on a good earner. First you see it - then you don't. Smoke and mirrors.
At http://notrickszone.com/2013/11/14/more-dissent-erupts-in-germany-free-d... ... it seems that Germany has its equivalent of Nigel Farage - and apparently not to be trifled with. The video is in German but Pierre Gosselin provides a translation. This is one example - 'you are not the thought police of Lower Saxony. You are not the Inquisition to hunt down others who thik differently ...' and the man's name is Dr Gero Hocker. Take note.
It seems the paper published a few days ago in Environmental Research Letters (see In the News 10th November) aimed at debunking the Svensmark theory (while ignoring various other solar theories) has inadvertently kicked itself in the shin by claiming the 'simple basic physics' of greenhouse theory greatly exaggerates global warming - see http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/new-paper-shows-simple-basic...
He also provides a link to the full paper.
I was having a few dark ales at a beer festival at the weekend when one of my brother in laws said to me, quite randomly, we could have all the energy we wanted just by tapping into the heat in the Earth under our feet. It's true that Iceland exploits geothermal heat but that is a volcanic island with hot springs - but is the heat under the ground that close to the surface? Mines and caves would be a good place to locate a bit of heat - but these places can actually be a bit chilly (especially a limestone cave with dripping water).
The media have been feasting on supertyphoon Haiyan but the Bishop is a little sceptical of a link with CAGW - go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/11/9/storms-and-global-warming.html ... just as the BBC hyped the storm that knocked down a few trees, and the odd branch or two, a week or so ago, they have really gone to town on the typhoon that struck the Philippines. No information about fatalities is currently available and yet they are talking about a tragedy on a par with the Boxing Day tsunami. It's a wonder that wasn't caused by CAGW - but perhaps it was in some quarters.